ONTARIO, Ore. -- Police shut down and raided the 45th Parallel medical marijuana dispensary in Ontario Tuesday, alleging illegal activity on behalf of its members.
The dispensary advertises 11 strains of medical marijuana on its website available for purchase by patients. The organization also offers access to doctors who may legally prescribe medical marijuana to Oregon residents, as well as those in Idaho and other states.
Officers with the Oregon State Police, along with other agencies, entered and searched a building owned by the dispensary, known as the co-op located at 1343 SW 34th St. on Tuesday.
Police say the raid came after a detailed investigation into illegal activity by members of the co-op, including numerous violations of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act.
The action happened while several co-op members, known as patients, arrived on site hoping to legally obtain medical marijuana. Police officers stationed at the entrance of the co-op explained the dispensary was closed, and questioned some of the patients.
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No arrests were made during the raid, and police would not specify what they found inside the building.
However, according to advocates of medical marijuana in Idaho, police seized a small amount of legal marijuana growing inside.
Lindsey Rinehart, spokesperson for Compassionate Idaho, a medical marijuana advocacy group, said she had credible information that police hadn't found anything illegal. There was no usable marijuana on site, Rinehart told KTVB. There was a small grow on the site, but it was a legal grow.
Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe wouldn't specify how long the 45th Parallel dispensary would be closed, but did say that patients could expect to go elsewhere for the foreseable future.
It's almost like a pharmacy, Wolfe said. If that pharmacy is closed, then you are going to have to find another place to receive your medicine.
Oregon State Police say the investigation is ongoing.